The Kooks: ‘Bassist’s departure was down to drugs’

Band open up about Max Rafferty's decision to leave

The Kooks have blamed bassist Max Rafferty‘s recent departure on his drug addiction.

Rafferty left the Brighton rockers a few months after returning to the band following a bout of illness.

As previously reported on NME.COM, the band said they considered splitting when the bassist quit in January.

Singer Luke Pritchard told Orange: “Max was in and out for a long time and we kind of made the decision that we wanted to carry on without him. Things got a bit much for him, I think.

“He was struggling [with] various issues [including] his anxieties and taking drugs probably a lot more than he should have been doing or wanted to be doing.

“Not to get some fucking violin out, but it can be really difficult being in a band, especially when you’re like that. Max is the greatest guy in the world but he just didn’t really know how to stop.”

The Kooks release their new album ‘Konk’ on Monday (April 14).